Admission Requirements

The following admission requirements apply to these intake terms:

  • September 2018
Admission requirements for this program include:
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Diploma from Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited program/or currently working as a PCP with certification under Base Hospital Medical Authority
  • A-EMCA Certification or equivalent from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Education Branch. Applicants with pending status are eligible to apply
  • A minimum score of 70% on a pre-admission test regarding primary care theory, symptom relief and defibrillation
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Applicants with more than 1,000 hours of paramedic (PCP) work experience (where references may be verified) AND who have obtained the minimum mark of 70% on the pre-admission test, will have an additional 10% added to their examination grade as part of the selection process.

Additional requirements for admission:

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Selection and Ranking

Final applicant selection will be based on pre-admission test results.


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Criminal Reference Check (CRC):
  • Students may be required to provide a certificate of a clear CRC with vulnerable sector screening prior to placement beginning in Term 3. According to the Ambulance Act, all employers require a CRC as a requirement for appropriate field placements and subsequent employment.
  • Documentation for the CRC will be completed on orientation day by the program.
  • All costs associated with the certificate are the responsibility of the student.
Student Uniform:

Students are required to wear a student paramedic uniform; black steel toe and shank shoe/boots. An NC Lab shirt will be purchased by the program. If you do not have an existing uniform that complies with the current Ontario EMS Health & Safety regulations, you will have an opportunity to purchase through the College supplier in September. ACP student epaulettes will be issued.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to complete clinical placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Additional Requirements for clinical & placement may include:
  • Mask fit testing
  • Equipment Training for placement agency as deemed necessary by the agency
  • Mandatory clinical and placement agency orientation sessions may be on campus and/or at the placement agency
  • Additional training as deemed necessary by the clinical and/or placement agency in accordance to Bill 18 may be on campus or at the placement agency
Physical Fitness:

Students may be required to meet a physical evaluation and lift test.

Health Requirements:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Niagara College Student Health Services prior to the start of the program. Please view the current CDS form and checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation / proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria pertussis, and 2 step TB testing) at
  • This program requires annual TB updates (1 step). Influenza vaccination is required annually for paramedic students. In accordance with the Ambulance Act, all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) placement sites require current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (Health Care Provider), Adult/Child/Infant one and two rescuer CPR with AED and First Aid for choking including artificial resuscitation using both pocket mask and bag-valve mask (This program is designed for those with specific health care responsibilities).
  • Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR and First Aid certification throughout the program.
  • All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, vaccinations and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.
  • All health requirements must be met at the start of the program or a placement will be denied.
Educational Certification by the Ontario Base Hospital:

All ACP students will be required to attend a mandatory training session with the Base Hospital and obtain the status of “Educational Certification” at the ACP level in order to perform ACP skills during placement. This is completed at the end of Term 2.